Why a Well-Designed Wood Dust Extraction System Will Save You Money

An Air Plants wood dust extraction system is paramount to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Act 2002 (COSHH) and it stipulates how employers should protect employees and others in the workplace.

Not only can it protect people in the workplace, but it can also provide significant cost savings to a business if it is well thought out and designed. A new or redesigned wood dust extraction system that takes into consideration your business’s processes, together with the latest improvements in electronic controls, can reduce your total energy costs substantially while improving overall extraction across your machinery.

By working together with clients to determine their usage of machines, the extraction of unnecessary air can be removed. The more air that is being extracted, the more energy is being consumed. The less air that is being extracted, the less energy is being consumed. This too results in the reduction of duct sizes which reduces material and installation costs. Having the system designed correctly to begin with will always save you money over time.

These design considerations are used together with intelligent energy-saving systems which can optimise the efficiency of the dust extraction system, reducing electrical power usage. Our systems can work on the principle that when a production machine is turned on, a signal is sent to the control unit which opens a motorised or pneumatic gate to allow for extraction at that machine.

When the machine is turned off, the gate closes and extraction to that machine is stopped. A frequency inverter determines the total amount of air required to extract from the machines and will adjust the fan speed to meet those requirements. This is all done in real time and is all done to save you money.

The other less-considered benefit of increasing your wood dust extraction efficiency is that less air is being removed from your factory, which results in less ‘make-up’ air having to be brought back into the building, which is an additional cost, especially within those winter months where heated air is required.

By having a more efficient wood dust extraction system, more wood waste is captured which can then either be sold on for greater profits or used in a biomass heater such as those offered by Talbott’s. A well-fed wood waste heating system can significantly reduce a business’s heating and waste disposal costs.

By implementing these measures into a wood dust extraction system, a significant electrical saving can be achieved. With the rising cost of energy across the world these benefits look to set to increase. Contact Air Plants here for expert advice on how to optimise your dust extraction system.